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Letters to AO

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Letters from 16 to 22 February 2009

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All the news that's fit to find

I was surprised to see no mention in your news section of what may have been a first for Anglican churches any where in the world! On Sunday, 8 February, nearly every Anglican church in the Sydney Diocese (around 240 churches) were linked by a live telecast to share in a service where we all shared in confession, absolution, creed and prayers at one and the same time across the dDiocese and hear a challinging and inspirational message from our Archbishop. The occasion: the launch of CONNECT09, a diocesan-wide campaign to make connection with every resident of our diocese with the word of God.  It was a wonderful occasion that had been months in the planning. Churches could take and screen the telecast either from the Internet or from the Australian Christian Channel.

One can read coverage here. The sermon from the Archbishop can be viewed here. An account of one of our Sydney clergy being consecrated and installed as Bishop of a neighbouring Diocese can be read here.

Please join in prayer with us in Sydney that as we endeavour to connect with our neighbours, the Lord would be at work by His Spirit, to draw men and women, boys and girls to Himself.

The Reverend Mark Calder
St Andrew's Roseville
Roseville, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
16 February 2009

(Ed: We didn't know about this event, and none of the five people who search for Anglican news for us found mention of it in their digging. We'll surely find mention of it in the press this week.)

Whose views?

Thank you for last week's letter. I have no particular love of record keeping; it is the general message that appeals to me. With all of the controversy of late within the Anglican Communion and within the Episcopal Church in general, one would think that all we ever talk about is human sexuality. The average person in the pew has more pressing issues in mind: How to deal with aging congregations and buildings; the fading interest in spirituality in the USA; how to remain relevant in a society that is so centered on self?

I believe that the people running things are much like our politicians in Washington DC. Once they are in power for so long, they lose touch with the people they represent. Or in this case in particular, the One they represent. Christ was the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd does not ignore the rest of the flock to round up a lost sheep.

Cyrus Lanager
St. Paul's, Philipsburg
Hawk Run, Pennsylvania, USA
16 February 2009

Running in cycles: Can you help?

I want to know if there is a 'prayer cycle' for the Episcopal Church in the USA, similar to the Anglican Cycle of Prayer. I am sure there is a better place to ask this question, but I am at loss as to where it would be.

I have looked at the national church site, but nothing there that looks like a prayer cycle. I know that our dioceses are included in the Anglican Cycle, but it seems that we should have our own?

Louise Boling
St Matthew's Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
19 February 2009

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